MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X Plus Cranks Up GDDR5X Memory Speed to 11Gbps

/ 3 years ago

MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X Plus Cranks Up GDDR5X Memory Speed to 11Gbps

NVIDIA has recently launched faster memory variants of their GTX 1080 graphics cards and to quote Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel: “These go to Eleven”…Gbps that is. From MSI’s stable comes the GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X Plus, outfitted with the latest Twin Frozr VI cooling system that uses five flattened nickel-plated copper heatpipes and dual ball-bearing TORX 2.0 fans that keeps temperatures and noise low while having the ability to shut itself down when the GPU temperature drops below 60C.

MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X Plus Cranks Up GDDR5X Memory Speed to 11Gbps

Out of the box, users can choose between three Boost/Base/Memory frequency presets:

  • 1847 MHz / 1708 MHz / 11110 MHz (OC Mode)
  • 1822 MHz / 1683 MHz / 11010 MHz (Gaming Mode)
  • 1733 MHz / 1607 MHz / 11010 MHz (Silent Mode)

To offload the weight of the substantial Twin Frozr VI cooling system, a brace plate and a backplate sandwiches the PCB which also acts as a heatsink for the on-board components (MSI calls this (close-quarters cooling”). This adds structural support to the MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X Plus but also adds aesthetic value.

Speaking of looks, there are also a plethora of RGB LED effects vailable including a side logo and the accents towards the front of the shroud. Users can choose between having a steady LED color, or having it breathe and flash as well as react to game sound or music.

MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X Plus Cranks Up GDDR5X Memory Speed to 11Gbps

Underneath the hood, MSI has also upgraded the VRM significantly from the 7 phase standard to a 10-phase power design with Super Ferrite chokes and Tantalum Hi-C caps. Most importantly, despite the size, the MSI Gaming X Plus 1080 11Gbps fits a standard dual-slot height so users can run it in multi-GPU mode and not worry about compatibility or high temperature issues.

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